Had to replace the front hubs 4 times and the whole front end once already computer went bad, oil filter holder cracked. Catalytic converter 2 times all the belts 2 times tires get replaced every year. exhaust system 2 times. Warantee does not cover hardly anything. Extended warantee is a rip off, it covers less than that.
Scrap the whole concept of the sportage and build a reliable suv that people can afford to run.
Bought my sportage 3 years ago from a dealer, the check engine light was on and they tried to fix it only for it to come back on numerous times. Much later, needed new heater fan. then the head gasket blew and had a new engine fitted.power windows decides to work very slowly not to mention the heater core exploding on the interstate. so apart from it having the power of a horse drawn carriage in mud and not been able to get it into 4WD EVER, Oh the 2 fuel lines rubbed together causing one of them to rupture and making me come to a complete stop in the fast lane. all that is left to say is I liked the color
I bought this Kia Sportage SUV with 87,000 miles on it. It did pretty well for 4 years. I replaced the timing chain, clutch wheel, brakes, front end struts and the stick shift broke off. Then it kept intermittently not starting. A mechanic showed me a device just under the dash that the dealer is supposed to remove upon sale. Its to prevent theft at the dealership. It was shorting out after all these years of not being removed. So, Kia owners, look under the dash on the right for the removable plug if your car is intermittently not starting.
Great a/c. Comfy seat.
Improve sun visors; rotted out in 8 years. Make fuel filter more accessible. Do not use 1999 hatchback design; keeps jamming. Redesign door mechanism; door locks jam open and closed. Had to duct tape my door shut once.
For being an older car, it is still fun to drive but I have paid too much for repairs. It has been in the shop numerous times for the check engine light and has never been diagnosed. It accelerates slowly and sometimes the transmission has problems (I forgive this due to age). BOTH the driver and passenger seatbelt have broken. I have also had to replace the soft top and the cd player has never worked correctly. It's hard to fit people in the back seat and also hard to put stuff in the back since the window is attached to the door. Other than that I've had a lot of fun driving it and still get people telling me how 'cute' it is. And I get 21 mpg for mixed highway and city.
The sporty look. Acceptable gas mileage (21 mpg).
the back window should not be attached to the door. Better engine, and more reliable seat belts.
4WD NEVER worked correctly. Spent over $2000 trying to get it to work. No power. Had to turn off air conditioning to go through the mountains. Passenger side power window sloooow to roll up. Had to replace the motor and cable on the driver's side window. Little things that add up and annoy. Will never own another!!
Get rid of the vaccum 4WD system. It doesn't work!